Safer drug use or harm reduction refer to policies, programs and practices that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of drugs.  This can include but does not require stopping drug use. Harm reduction benefits people who use drugs, their families, and the community.

Harm reduction complements approaches that seek to prevent or reduce the overall level of drug consumption. It accepts that many people who use drugs are unable or unwilling to stop using drugs at any given time (Harm Reduction International, 2018).

An important part of safer drug use is providing information about drugs and how to minimize the risk associated with using drugs.

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